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Happy Thanksgivings abound in Harrisburg

  • The dining area at First Baptist Church's 'His Table' stayed busy during the Thanksgiving dinner, where Mickey Pankey, below, was one of the volunteers delivering plates of food.

    The dining area at First Baptist Church's 'His Table' stayed busy during the Thanksgiving dinner, where Mickey Pankey, below, was one of the volunteers delivering plates of food.
    Travis DeNeal/Harrisburg Register

  • Volunteer Mickey Pankey delivers a plate of food to a guest at Harrisburg First Baptist Church's 'His Table' community dinner.

    Volunteer Mickey Pankey delivers a plate of food to a guest at Harrisburg First Baptist Church's 'His Table' community dinner.
    Travis DeNeal/Harrisburg Register

  • First Baptist Church kitchen volunteers Angie Henson, left, and Laura Winkleman prepare plates for guests Thursday afternoon. TURN TO PAGE 3 MORE PHOTOS.

    First Baptist Church kitchen volunteers Angie Henson, left, and Laura Winkleman prepare plates for guests Thursday afternoon. TURN TO PAGE 3 MORE PHOTOS.
    Travis DeNeal/Harrisburg Register

  • Daren Crabb of Harrisburg said he enjoyed the chance to have dinner at 'His Table' Thursday afternoon.

    Daren Crabb of Harrisburg said he enjoyed the chance to have dinner at 'His Table' Thursday afternoon.
    Travis DeNeal/Harrisburg Register

  • The wait staff at Papaw's Pizza had a brief moment during the free Thanksgiving buffet to stand together for a pic. From left are Taylor Patterson, Angela Colby, Elspeth Newsome, Brianna Hayes, James Hayes II, and Dana Hayes.

    The wait staff at Papaw's Pizza had a brief moment during the free Thanksgiving buffet to stand together for a pic. From left are Taylor Patterson, Angela Colby, Elspeth Newsome, Brianna Hayes, James Hayes II, and Dana Hayes.
    Travis DeNeal/Harrisburg Register

  • Papaw's Pizza co-owners Nathan Hayes, left, and his brother James Hayes look over the buffet offerings at their free Thanksgiving dinner buffet Thursday afternoon.

    Papaw's Pizza co-owners Nathan Hayes, left, and his brother James Hayes look over the buffet offerings at their free Thanksgiving dinner buffet Thursday afternoon.
    Travis DeNeal/Harrisburg Register

 
By Travis DeNeal tdeneal@dailyregister.com
updated: 11/24/2017 10:14 AM

HARRISBURG -- Two local community Thanksgiving dinners offered a variety of dinner options for a multitude of people in Harrisburg.

At First Baptist Church's "His Table," the festive, Thanksgiving-themed dining area was filled as dinner guests arrived and departed at a constant rate.

Church members volunteering in the kitchen kept fresh plates filled with holiday fare while other volunteers held open doors, greeted visitors, carried carryout dinners to vehicles and cleaned tables.

Church volunteer Mickey Pankey, who with his wife, Teresa, relayed some plates of food to diners at tables, said he enjoyed getting the chance to spend the afternoon serving the community.

"It's great to have the opportunity to do this, to give back," Pankey said.

Those enjoying the dinner said they liked being able to have a dinner and relax.

"It's nice to be able to sit down and eat and visit with friends," Daren Crabb of Harrisburg said. "This is a wonderful thing."

Across town, at Papaw's Pizza, others were enjoying the afternoon thanks to a free pizza buffet provided by the owners, James Hayes and Nathan Hayes.

The brothers have been in business nearly two years, and this is the second Thanksgiving they've provided a free Thanksgiving dinner.

James Hayes said this year's event had grown from last year.

"I think we've already had more people than we did last year," he said, about 30 minutes into the buffet.

The Hayes brothers and their employees kept the pizza bar filled with fresh pizzas and dessert pizzas as guests continued to come to the restaurant.

They said they hoped to stay busy the whole time, so as many in the community as possible could be served.

"That's the point," James Hayes said. "We want to give back."